Gateway to Service… Engaging Minds… Transforming Lives

Baraka Muganda

VP of Ministry

Baraka Muganda holds a doctorate in education, a master’s degree in religion, and a bachelor’s degree in theology.

A graduate of Solusi College and Andrews University, Muganda knows the importance of a well-grounded, Christian education.  For this reason, he knew Washington Adventist University would be a good fit for him. Over the years he has proven that his heart and passion is in serving youth. Prior to joining the Washington Adventist University community, Muganda served as the World Youth Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from June 1995 to June 2010. His role offered him a wealth of multicultural and multinational experience. In addition to his many responsibilities, he also lectures on youth ministry leadership at the Adventist University of Africa and is an advisor in the doctoral program at the Andrews Seminary in Michigan. He also served as the president of the Tanzania Adventist College in 1984. Over the years, he has held several positions in the Seventh-day Adventist organization.

Muganda enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, their three daughters, Anita, Tanya, and Diana, his son-in-law Lassana Perry, and his two granddaughters Diana Anne and Angelina.

A life-long learner and a lover of higher education, Muganda is happy to be investing time at Washington Adventist University, where he can continue impacting the lives of young adults.

To summarize his excitement for the youth of this church in one sentence, Muganda says, “I love the youth of this church and have a burden to see all of them saved in God’s Kingdom.”

Mark Sigue

 Gateway Ministries Director

Born and raised in the Philippines, Mark grew up at the Adventist University of the Philippines. He and his family migrated to the United States in 1995, and he began his college education at Southern Adventist University before transferring to Andrews University. On his way to serve as a full-time missionary to Kellyville Church in Sydney Australia in 2000, he went to the Philippines, where he met and fell in love with the former Marifel Resuena Kemink. They were married in March of the following year. Marifel currently works as a Laboratory Clinician for Kaiser Permanente’s Regional Lab in Rockville, Maryland. The couple’s seven-year-old son, Marco, is a first grader at Frederick Adventist Academy. They are members of the Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mark started ministry work at the General Conference (GC) Adventist Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. He worked there for five years before leaving the Secretariat Office and Ministerial Association to follow God’s calling in ministry as the Associate Pastor of Sligo SDA Church in Takoma Park until 2010. He has also served as the district pastor in the Virginia Beach/Tidewater area and as a Youth Pastor at Frederick SDA until 2016.

“To me, there is nothing more honorable and fulfilling than being allowed to come alongside a young person and see the Lord work in their lives over time,” said Sigue. “WAU was founded on its mission to be the institution of service and as the new  Gateway Ministries Director, the mission of service begins with me. It is then my prayer that as a result of my commitment, you, too, will have the passion to serve others as representatives of Jesus.”

Lorena Martinez

Lorena Martinez

Administrative Assistant

Lorena is originally from Guatemala City, Central America where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She has been married for over 30 years to her husband, Edwin, and has two children, Andrea and Joshua. Prior to her arrival at WAU in April 2004, she worked 9 years as an employment and training coordinator for Rural Opportunities Inc. Some of her favorite things about her job at WAU are helping and getting to know students. Her favorite Bible text is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”